Pork Farms selects Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage

Lawson Software has announced that Pork Farms, UK supplier of savory pastry products, has selected Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage and Lawson Business Intelligence to help improve business processes and provide real-time operational transparency.

The system will run on IBM iSeries and initially encompass 500 users. The contract was signed in Lawsons second quarter of fiscal 2008, which ended November 30, 2007.

As one of the leading bakeries in the UK, producing 3 million hot and cold savoury pastry products every week to all major retailers, Pork Farms required total visibility across its business to eliminate the islands of information that frequently occur in food and beverage companies. By having this level of transparency, the company will be able to increase operational efficiency by optimising production to an hour and minute level of planning, by accurately capturing and monitoring costs, whilst maintaining detailed traceability throughout their supply process.

We chose Lawson QuickStep as we found a preconfigured industry tailored solution which is easier and faster to implement most suitable for our business model, said Alan Webster, chief information officer for Pork Farms. This way, we will benefit from a lowered total cost of ownership by cutting implementation time by more than 50 percent, with consequent savings in consulting and internal resourcing costs and reduced risk. Additionally, we foresee maximum utilisation based on the fit of the software for our business,. It was a compelling investment to make.

Under the terms of the contract, Pork Farms will be implementing Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage, with the inclusion of the Smart Client user interface, Lawson Learning Accelerator, Lawson Business Intelligence and Maintenance Management. Lawson QuickStep for Food and Beverage provides value added content in a cost effective package, ideal for midmarket companies, cutting traditional ERP implementation times by more than 50 percent, reducing the cost of implementation services and speeding time to value.

The food and beverage industry is very dynamic and demanding, said Nick Scully, VP Sales North West EMEA for Lawson Software. As such, accurate supply chain information is absolutely key, not just for planning, but also for operational efficiency. Businesses such as Pork Farms have a great opportunity to take advantage of the modern technologies available that can help them increase their level of customer service, create new operational efficiencies, reduce risk, and increase profitability.

The implementation is expected to go live in May 2008.


About Lawson Software

Lawson Software provides software and service solutions to 4,000 customers in manufacturing, distribution, maintenance and service sector industries across 40 countries. Lawsons solutions include Enterprise Performance Management, Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management, Manufacturing Resource Planning, Enterprise Asset Management and industry-tailored applications. Lawson solutions assist customers in simplifying their businesses or organizations by helping them streamline processes, reduce costs and enhance business or operational performance. Lawson is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., and has offices around the world.

About Pork Farms

We have been baking savoury delights since 1931 so it's no surprise we are now one of the leading bakeries in the UK, producing 3million hot and cold eating delicacies every week.

We cook pies and pastries for all taste buds and every possible get together. From pork or cheese, to steak and chicken tikka, our pies are bound to tickle anybody's fancy. We are very proud of our range of pork pies, rolls, savoury eggs, and slices, which are available at all supermarkets and good food shops.

Since starting life as a small shop in Nottingham we are now a 2500-strong team spread across three different locations in the UK; Market Drayton, Shaftesbury and our pork pie Center of Excellence in Queens Drive, Nottingham.

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